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19 Sep 2011

Hi Doc,

I am a regular blood donor, but discovered since donating (I started at the beginning of last year), that I am usually anaemic. My first donation my iron count was around 13, it went down steadily until I was deferred for my 3rd donation. I was advised to supplement with iron tabs - these did nothing, so I then started taking black strap mollasses (vile stuff!) every morning. This helps a little, but still my iron is very low. I went on Friday to donate, only to be deferred again because my iron levels are on 10. My body doesnt seem to absorb iron from the foods I eat (healthy eater, not vegetarian), and iron supplements dont work, and the blackstrap isn''t giving me enough iron either. I dont drink much coffee or tea (1 cup a day). I''ve always battled with anaemia for some reason, but what causes this? And what can I do to rectify it? I''m always tired too, which is very irritating.
I''m 41 (female) and a single mom who works. Under a fair amount of stress at any given time.
Thanks for the help
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01 Jan 0001


You will have to consult your doctor to establish if your body is not absorbing iron as it should or if you are loosing blood due to bleeding, like for instance from colorectal bleeding that is not necessarily noticed. There are a variety of tests that have to be done, in order to treat your anemia.


Dr Anrich
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